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Dark Souls 2 – Soul Farming Guide For Beginners

Let’s be honest, Dark Souls 2 is a pretty tough game and you’re going to need all the help you can get. We’ve decided to construct a guide for all you single players out there to help make your time in Drangleic a little bit easier. First up, here’s how to farm souls in Dark Souls 2 and it’s aimed for all the beginners out there. However, be warned! Farming in Dark Souls 2 is a lot more complicated because enemies will start to disappear after a certain amount of respawns so proceed with caution.

First up, we’re gonna need to head to Heide’s Tower of Flame. To reach this area, you need to head to the cave area located near the blacksmith’s house in Majula (pictured above). Descend the staircases and you’ll come to a room with a gate. Pull the lever to the left (keep a sharp eye out for it, you can easily miss it) and continue onwards to reach Heide’s Tower of Flame. 

Since Heide’s Tower serves as an alternate starting point to the Forest of Fallen Giants, you’ll find a lot of low quality starter equipment here but you can also find a lot of decent soul releasing enemies that can be taken down easily with a bit of patience and persistence. When you reach Heide’s Tower, head down the staircase and you’ll come to your first Old Giant enemy. However, it’s best not to confront him just yet so head right, and go down another smaller staircase to light the bonfire. This is where we’ll start the farming fun.

Before you begin any farming, it might be best to burn a Bonfire Ascetic and equip the Covetous Silver Serpent Ring. They’re not necessary at all to farm but they do help you get a lot more souls. Keep that in mind for future soul farming attempts as they will certainly help out. Do not burn a Bonfire Ascetic unless you feel confident enough with your weapons and abilities as it will make the area a lot tougher to play through.

Let’s begin. Your primary enemy in this area is the Old Knight. They’re slow, dumb but pack one hell of a punch with their weapons. They have a 3 tier attack which is: swing left to right, swing right to left and then an overhead swing. There is also a chance that they’ll throw in an extra thrusting attack so keep on your toes. If you’re a melee player, keep circling them with your shield up and wait until that third attack before you launch on the offensive. Magic focused players should also keep circling the Old Knight or keep some distance and then shoot their flurry of Soul Arrows where appropriate.

Crafty players might consider using the environment to deal with the enemies but must be careful not to fall off the platforms. When the Old Knight is taken down, you’ll get about 400 souls. There’s about 9 or so respawning Old Knights in the area before the bosses, so after about 10-15 minutes work, you should have earned about 2K souls. After about an hour grinding , you should have a total of 8K-10K souls, providing you didn’t mess up and lose all your souls. If you do happen to die, your number one priority is to retrieve those souls otherwise your hardwork will have gone down the drain.

What makes this spot the optimal location for Farming is both the relatively slow attack set of the Old Giants and the convenient location of the bonfire. Your nimble new character can dodge the attacks easily and if you die, you’ll be brought back to the relatively close-by bonfire. Yet like all Soul Farming, it can be a bit of a grind to constantly keep replaying the same area over and over but with this simple and effective method, you will eventually amass a huge amount of Souls to spend on equipment, weapons or levelling up, which will serve to be incredibly useful in the early stages of the game.

Stay tuned for more tips, tricks and guides on Dark Souls 2.

 

 

14 comments

Mothalius March 31, 2014 at 07:03

I don’t think burning a bonfire ascetic off the bat is a good tip for beginners as this makes guys harder, results in additional old knights and some beginners might not have an ascetic nor know it’s purpose and the consequences of using one. Furthermore, the old knights drop 400 souls before burning an ascetic, and there’s 9 respawning old knights without burning an ascetic not 5. Burning an ascetic will result in 2 additional old knights including some phantoms, not easily dealt with by beginners. While I agree it’s a good farming spot, burning an ascetic isn’t necessary and unless you’re incredibly slow, you’ll make around 20-25k an hour. Not 8-10k.

Nick Calandra March 31, 2014 at 08:39

Thanks for the tips! We’re working on other guides as well, this was just a first test run. 🙂

CelesteJak March 5, 2015 at 16:31

Love to see your other guides. Most guides are oriented towards folks who play online (which I never do), so they don’t always cover the game well for the single player. How do I get on your mailing list so I can be informed as your new guides are finished?

Nick Calandra March 6, 2015 at 08:37

Hm, we don’t have a mailing list just yet. But we can certainly make one if there’s a demand for it. And unfortunately, Nate has left the site so our guides department is lacking at the moment. We’re in the process of working to bring it back, so if you follow us on Twitter and provide me your Twitter username, I’ll personally let you know when we have a guides writer back on staff.

CelesteJak March 6, 2015 at 10:18

Hi Nick,
That would be great. My name is CelesteJak on Twitter as well. I don’t do much with Twitter so emailing me would probably be the best way to contact me. I wish I could help you with the guides but my days as a Beta Tester are long past. I used to test for King’s Quest, Space Quest, games of that era if that gives you an idea of how old I am now:). I’ve done a lot of editing on different guides and would love to help edit as I go along but I don’t know what your editing policy consist of since I haven’t been following the site for long…or playing Dark Souls Two for that matter. I am learning as I go along and since I don’t play any online versions of games, your site has been really nice. It seems that the single player market for PC is really being under served currently. I know I am in contact with many folks who are like me…love the games but just aren’t into playing online. I’d love to see the single player market focused on just a bit more, so thank you for recognizing those of us who aren’t onliners:). Please keep in touch…I’d love to see where you go with the guides.
Best Wishes,
Celeste

CelesteJak March 6, 2015 at 10:20

Responding both places to ensure you’ve received the email:)
Hi Nick,
That would be great.  My name is CelesteJak on Twitter as well.  I don’t do much with Twitter so emailing me would probably be the best way to contact me.  I wish I could help you with the guides but my days as a Beta Tester are long past.  I used to test for King’s Quest, Space Quest, games of that era if that gives you an idea of how old I am now:).  I’ve done a lot of editing on different guides and would love to help edit as I go along but I don’t know what your editing policy consist of since I haven’t been following the site for long…or playing Dark Souls Two for that matter.  I am learning as I go along and since I don’t play any online versions of games, your site has been really nice.  It seems that the single player market for PC is really being under served currently.  I know I am in contact with many folks who are like me…love the games but just aren’t into playing online.  I’d love to see the single player market focused on just a bit more, so thank you for recognizing those of us who aren’t onliners:).  Please keep in touch…I’d love to see where you go with the guides. Best Wishes,
Celeste

Nathan Hughes March 31, 2014 at 08:49

Thanks for the feedback. I’ve update the post to include a warning not to use a bonfire ascetic unless new players feel they are up to the challenge. As a massive Souls fan, I didn’t find using one to be overly difficult but this may not be the case for new players. I’ve revamped the guide as a result.

Coocookachoo April 19, 2014 at 03:29

I burned an ascetic there after farming heide’s until no one respawned, and beating both bosses with my fresh new cleric. Make sure you burn an ascetic at the Heide’s Ruin bonfire. There are a number of ways it can be done safely, and it is optimal if you do it with a character who has long-range combat capabilities. There are numerous safe zones where you can lure 1-2 old knights, and they will come to you– you block, they fall off the edge and make the others aggro. Getting a shield with 95-100% phys dmg reduction is highly recommended. After the ascetic you can get another sublime bone dust early, and keep returning to that safe zone and making them fall off. If you make use of the binoculars, you can snipe the phantoms with lightning spears and the like, luring them too you until you run away a bit to force them to turn around. After killing 1 phantom, rest at the bonfire. Rinse, repeat. Seeing as how the one boss you can make fall off the edge immediately.. I find it a good way to get some serious early levels.

ShyKawaiiMcCain March 31, 2014 at 11:09

or. be a bro and put your summoning sign down.

Nathan Hughes March 31, 2014 at 11:11

o/
.|| Praise the sun!

CelesteJak March 5, 2015 at 16:28

The only problem with this area as far as farming for single players is that the giants mostly drop orbs that can only be used if you are playing online. Sometimes they will drop armor or a weapon but unless you are a high strength/dexterity build the stats might be out of your reach, not to mention the weight of the stuff. Where would be a good area to farm where Human Effigies or maybe Bonfire Ascetics or Fragrant Branches of Yore maybe are dropped fairly often?

CelesteJak March 17, 2015 at 13:04

Another decent site I’ve run into for farming is Brightstone Cove Tseldora. Tons of things to kill there and not horribly difficult…at least for a cleric build with distant fighting ability. If you haven’t gotten there yet and killed the boss, use the npc you’ll find in the tent to help you clear the area before going after the boss. This is a great way to get souls…use the npc for the area to help you clear it…over and over until the enemies stop spawning…then go after the boss with the npc.

CelesteJak March 17, 2015 at 13:34

There is an npc you can get to help you clear this area if you are human and can run and avoid the giants. Run down to the arena area in front of the fog gate (bear right where the three giants are in the circle room and then down the stairs)…be careful cause the giants will follow you but they are slow so you can make it. Summon the npc, watching out for the guardian giant standing nearby. The npc will help fight the giants so you can either hang out and fight or you can run past the others back to the start and kill them one at a time, leaving the npc to fight and kill at least two of them on his own. Make sure that you are wearing the ring you found behind the bookcases in No Man’s Wharf. It will save your life and souls should you be killed here and only costs 3000 souls to repair. Also when you first leave the bonfire by the stairs and go up the second small set of stairs there is a giant there guarding a switch. You can force him off the cliff by using the soul spear about six times or so. He will stand there with his shield up guarding the switch and not move unless you get too close to him. Make sure you knock him off the cliff or kill him and flip this switch and the other one in the circular room with the three giants. They bring up floor pieces in the boss room that will make that fight much easier. One other thing…BEFORE the boss fight…kill all the giants below then get the npc and have him follow you all the way up the stairs to the left of the circular three giant room. Your npc will have more health if you take the time to kill all the giants in the area before this battle…so kill every giant, get the npc and take him all the way up to the top of all the staircases. You will see another switch up here. Hit it and drop the drawbridge. Use the npc to help you kill the boss through the mist door at the top of the drawbridge after looting the body and the chest. This is a very tough optional fight without the npc but you want to do it cause of the stuff that can be purchased past the fight. That and it accesses another bonfire inside the castle. After you have killed this boss, go back down and kill the boss where you collected the npc. I usually kill everything until it no longer spawns and then go and kill the bosses in an area. It takes a bit more time and the only place so far, I’ve discovered a problem is at the army camp where you need to have one of the pigs follow you to eat some mushrooms. Other than that…at least so far, killing until no spawning occurs has given the npc one hundred percent of his strength to go into battle with the bosses and has worked out well.

chainking13 June 27, 2015 at 20:07

It’s actually quicker to just join the company of champions and then just fight the first old knight repeatedly. It’s the best way to earn souls early game and it carries almost no risk. Plus, once you’ve gotten a nice build, it only takes about 25-30 seconds per run. This means that you can make about 8000 souls every ten minutes.

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